National Cycle Network 25th birthday

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2020 marks the official 25th anniversary of the National Cycle Network.

In 1995 Sustrans was awarded a grant from the Millennium Commission to build a national network of walking and cycling routes.

Over the years, millions of journeys have been carried out on the Network, providing safe and convenient places for people to move and be active.

Now, we want to celebrate this iconic national asset with you.

Watch the video of people around the UK coming together to wish the National Cycle Network a happy birthday.

Top things to do on the Network

Throughout the UK, the Network takes you to unique places and unforgettable spots. Can you visit all these places and tick them off your list?

The National Cycle Network Bucket List

Find your National Cycle Network adventure

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Traffic-free routes for families

If you're new to the Network and want to get active with your family, these traffic-free paths are ideal for a fun day out. 

Traffic-free family rides
Red and grey metal sculptures shaped like Roman legionnaires with spears

Fantastic artworks along the Network

The Network has plenty of artworks and art trails for you to explore. From impressive sculptures to portrait benches, these routes are far more than a way of getting from A to B. 

Artworks and art trails on the National Cycle Network
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Perfect places to walk

Traffic-free routes on the Network are great for all kinds of activities, including walking. These scenic sections are ideal places to travel at a slower pace.

Great walks on the National Cycle Network

Help us care for the Network

Our work as custodians of the Network is made possible by support from our fantastic volunteers and donations from our amazing supporters. Find out how you can be a part of looking after the Network.

Get involved
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Get your free guide to easy bike rides

Guides for great routes and days out on the National Cycle Network across the UK. These guides can be used on your phone and are ideal for beginners and families. 

Get your traffic free route guides